Ash Monday celebration

Greeks traditionally celebrate Clean Monday, or Ash Monday, with a “flour war” in which revelers throw colored flour at each ...
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Pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat Islamic State to White House

A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State has been delivered to the White House and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim ...
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President Trump on Obamacare repeal: 'Nobody knew health care could be so complicated'

Speaking before the National Governors Association at the White House on Monday, President Trump said his administration had come up ...
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No evidence yet of Trump team, Russia contacts: key lawmaker

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating possible ties between Donald ...
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Netanyahu: Israel, Trump at odds over settlements, ‘things are not as simple as you think’

At heated closed Likud meeting, prime minister describes Trump presidency as 'historic opportunity,' but says Israel should know its limits ...
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Islamic ex-terrorist explains ‘Why I Nearly Bombed London’

Sohail Ahmed of London reveals why he came close to perpetrating terrorist attack in his birthplace.

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GE wins Saudi power plant contract worth nearly $1 billion

US conglomerate General Electric announced December 31 2015 that it had won a $1 billion contract to build and supply a power-generation facility in Saudi ArabiaGeneral Electric announced Thursday that it had won a contract worth nearly $1 billion from the Saudi Electricity Company to build and supply a power plant in northern Saudi Arabia. Under the contract, the US industrial giant will build the Waad Al Shamal combined-cycle power plant and provide four advanced gas turbines, a steam turbine and turbine maintenance services. Waad Al Shamal will serve phosphate mining operations in an area of Saudi Arabia that the government has targeted for industrial development, GE said in a statement.


MKs to get 4 percent pay increase in 2016

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While most people’s wages remain frozen, Members of the Knesset, the president and judges will receive a bigger-than-expected pay bump as of Friday, coming out at an extra 1,600 – 2,300 NIS extra per month. Some MKs have already indicated that they will not accept the pay rise.

Nigeria demands MTN pay $3.9 bn telecoms fine as deadline expires

Nigeria expects MTN to meet a deadline for paying a record $3.9 bn fine despite a court challengeNigeria said it was expecting telecoms giant MTN to meet a deadline for paying a record $3.9 billion fine which expires Thursday, despite the South African operator challenging the penalty in court. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country's telecoms regulator, had in October fined the firm for missing a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards, citing security concerns in a country plagued by frequent kidnappings and an extremist Islamist insurgency Boko Haram.


Israel bars novel about Jewish-Arab love affair from school curriculum

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Education Ministry has ruled against the inclusion of a novel about a romance between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man in the Hebrew high school curriculum because it feared it could raise tensions among pupils, an official said on Thursday. Israeli media said some teachers requested Dorit Rabinyan’s novel, “Borderlife”, be included in the high school curriculum but a ministry official said a committee rejected the book, as it could push up already high Jewish-Arab tension. “The book could incite hatred and cause emotional storms (in the classroom),” Dalia Fenig, who headed the ministry committee that decides which literary works are on the curriculum, told Israel’s Army Radio.

Iran denies it fired rockets near U.S. warship in Gulf

Iran denied on Thursday that its Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf on Saturday and condemned U.S. plans for new sanctions over its ballistic missile program. The dispute comes after Iran and six world powers, including the United States, reached a deal in July that will remove certain U.S., European Union and U.N. sanctions on Tehran in exchange for Iran accepting curbs on its nuclear program.

Terror bombing at Eilat hotel thwarted

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Two Israeli Arabs from Jerusalem plotted to plant explosives at Be Center hotel in the southern resort city, targeting religious Jews staying there; vigilant hotel employees reported their suspicious activity, leading to their arrest.